Welcome to Van Don Airport

Welcome to Vietnam’s newest airport, Van Don Airport (also known as the Quang Ninh International Airport) in Quang Ninh Province. The airport has been named as the ‘World’s Leading New Airport 2019″. 

The airport is situated on Van Don Island – the largest and most densely populated island within the Bai Tu Long archipelago.

A massive 290 hectares of land was set aside for the construction of the new airport, which began in March 2015. Only three years on and the airport opened in December 2018.

Proximity to Halong Bay
Van Don Airport - Halong Bay

The new Van Don Airport will dramatically cut travel time from international destinations to Halong Bay.

The new airport will dramatically improve access to Vietnam’s premiere tourist destination, Halong Bay. The Van Don Airport is a mere 50km from the famous turquoise bay with its limestone pillars.

Previously, travelers to Halong Bay would have needed to fly to the Noi Ba International Airport in Hanoi and then take a four-hour bus journey to the UNESCO world heritage site.

After Van Don International Airport opens, visitors to Halong Bay will be able to fly directly to the airport. After arrival, Halong Bay visitors will then need to take an hour and a half bus or taxi ride to their destination.

This short journey time is now possible due to the new Ha Long – Van Don expressway, linking Van Don Island with Halong Bay.

But arrivals at the new Van Don Island will also be able to make the most of other destinations in the Quảng Ninh Province. The province boasts a coastline of around 250km with truly stunning  beaches such as those at Minh Chau and Ngoc Vung.

The big hope in Vietnam is the development of the new airport will pave the way for turning Quảng Ninh Province into an international tourist destination.

Huge Potential for Tourism

The airport wasn’t cheap to construct, costing around $350 million. However, Vietnamese tourism bosses are hoping that the huge potential for tourism in Van Don will justify the high price tag.

By 2020, the airport is expected to serve around 2 million passengers a year, with the potential for 5 million visitors by 2030.

Van Don Airport - Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam’s national airline, Vietnam Airlines, could operate multiple routes to the new Van Don Airport.

The airport is connected to other airports around Vietnam by domestic airlines such as Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet.

But the sky really is the limit for the Van Don Airport. The airport is a close distance from the Chinese and other Asian markets and can expect to attract international from these countries.

In fact, the 3,600km runway being built at this new airport will be capable of receiving large aircraft such as B777s and A350s.

Vietnam’s First Privately-Run Airport

The airport is the first privately operated airport in Vietnam, with the operator being property development company, Sun Group. This Vietnam-based property developer has a number of projects in Vietnam, including the Ba Na Hills project.

Sun Group received the license to run the Van Don Airport, after the original licensee, Joinus Land Development and Investment, was deemed to be too slow in execution.

The publicly owned, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, operates the other airports in the fast-developing air travel market in Vietnam.

World Class Facilities

Passengers to the new airport will arrive in a state-of-the-art and modern terminal building of some 16,000 sqm. The terminal will feature shops, restaurants and all the other facilities you might expect to find at an international airport.